Vinification is the process that transforms the grapes into wine. The process of vinification differ from region to region, financial state of the winery and the grape types. The harvesting time and the type of oak used for aging are based on the region in which the wine grapes are grown.

Wine making process involves the following stages:

  • The first step in wine making process is Harvesting or Picking. Grapes should be harvested at the right time in order to make good wine. Harvesting can be done either mechanically or by hand.
  • The process of separating the grapes from the stems and cluster parts is called Destemming. Some of the wine makers keep some fragments of the stem to increase the wine tannin.
  • After destemming the grapes are crushed to extract the juice from the skin. This is done before the fermentation process begins. In the olden days bare feet is used to extract the grape juice, now a day machines like crushers are used.
  • Separation of grape juice and the skin is named as pressing. After crushing the grape juice will flow freely, selected wineries use pressers to make sure maximum juice is released.
  • Once the grapes are pressed they are introduced into the process of fermentation. During this process the grape juice are converted into alcoholic beverage. The yeast interacts with the sugar in the grape juice and converts them into ethanol and carbon dioxide.
  • Once the wine is purified and refined, they are preserved with sulfur dioxide or potassium sorbate. During the natural process of fermentation a minimum amount of sulfites are produced, but more is added for the use of commercial preservation.
  • Wines are aged for a particular amount of time to get more welcoming wine. Once after purification, the wines are moved to wooden barrels for aging. Metal vats, concrete vats and glass carboys are also used in some cases to increase the flavor.
  • After aging, the wines are bottled. During the process of bottling a final dose of sulfite is added to the wine to prevent it from uninvited fermentation in the bottle. The bottles are then sealed with cork and screw caps.
Château Figeac has received praise for its 2020 vintage release price.

Popular St-Emilion estate releases en primeur, as buyers also show interest in the first growths...

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Château Figeac has received praise for its 2020 vintage release price.

Popular St-Emilion estate releases en primeur, as buyers also show interest in the first growths...

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Château Figeac has received praise for its 2020 vintage release price.

Château Figeac 2020, rated 96 points by Decanter’s Jane Anson, was released this morning (25 June) at a price of €156 per bottle ex-Bordeaux, according to Liv-ex. 

That translated to a UK merchant price of around £1,872 per 12-bottle case in bond. 

‘In the context of rising prices, the 2020 Figeac looks to offer good value at release,’ said Liv-ex analysts. 

Its said Figeac 2020’s ex-Bordeaux price was around 30% higher than the debut price of its 2019 vintage in last year’s en primeur campaign. 

However, the 97-point Figeac 2019 has risen in price since release, meaning it is currently trading significantly above the 2020 grand vin, according to Liv-ex market price data.

This is an example of how release prices have generally increased on an ex-Bordeaux basis in this year’s 2020 en primeur campaign, but that the picture is more nuanced when comparing current market prices for individual estates’ wines.

Liv-ex market price data showed the 2020 was also slightly cheaper than Figeac 2018, which recently received 98 points from Anson.  

Anson said the 96-point Figeac 2020 is ‘an extremely elegant and controlled wine’, and is the first vintage produced in the St-Emilion premier grand cru classé B estate’s new cellars. 

She added, ‘Tannins are finely layered but there are a lot of them. Not an exuberant Figeac, but this is rarely a wine that rushes out to seduce. It takes its time and has ageing potential in spades.’

Analyst group Wine Lister said, ‘Though there exists similarly-priced availability of both 2015 and 2010, Figeac’s style evolution and upward trajectory in terms of market demand should mean this works very well, particularly as it provides a more up-beat end to a week of punchy price increases.’


Decanter Premium exclusive: Bordeaux 2020 releases and prices


La Conseillante 2020 released 

Another big Right Bank release this morning was Pomerol’s Château La Conseillante 2020, scored 96 points by Anson. 

There are some beautifully fragrant floral aromatics here with concentration through the mid palate and effortless balance,’ she wrote. 

Conseillante 2020 was released at the same price as Figeac, so €156 ex-Bordeaux and around £1,872 per 12-bottle case in bond at UK merchants.

Liv-ex said the ex-Bordeaux price was 30% up on the 2019 opening price, and the 2020 was also above its market price for the 97-point 2019 wine.

Prices can vary for back-vintages. Fine & Rare was offering six-bottle cases of La Conseillante 2019 at roughly the same price as the estate’s 2020 vintage.

Sales snapshot: First growth releases this week 

It’s been a big week for the Bordeaux 2020 en primeur campaign, with three of the 1855 first growths launching their 2020 wines alongside many other classified estates.

It’s early days in terms of analysing buyer demand, but Château Margaux 2020 appeared to do well.

Farr Vintners listed it as ‘sold out’, while others praised the price of the 2020 release, which was named ‘Left Bank wine of the vintage’ by Jane Anson. 

Of the other two first growths out this week, Farr Vintners was selling Mouton Rothschild 2020 ‘on allocation’ and listed Haut-Brion as ‘sold out’. 

Of these two first growths, Matthew O’Connell, head of investment at Bordeaux Index, told Decanter on Thursday (24 June), ‘There has been a good amount of interest for both Haut-Brion and Mouton, but not at the sort of demand levels seen last year given the prices.’  

He added, ‘We have seen some buyers looking at other recent vintages where they have seen new release pricing as marginal.’ 


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